Why this VC who sold his last company for $3 billion asks this unusual interview question: “What did you learn from your mom?” “Basically I’m testing them to see, ‘How human are you ready to be with me?’ – Bamboo Innovator Daily: 18 Oct (Sun)


  • Why this VC who sold his last company for $3 billion asks this unusual interview question: “What did you learn from your mom?” “Basically I’m testing them to see, ‘How human are you ready to be with me?’”: BI
  • Lars Dalgaard: Build Trust by Daring to Show That You’re Human: NYT
  • ‘What quality do you look for in a spouse? Do you look for beauty? Do you look for brains? Do you look for character? Do you look for honesty? Do you look for humor?’ No, no no,” added Buffett. “You want to marry the last-look for someone with low expectations”: Fortune
  • Why this CEO thinks a 6-figure salary isn’t always worth your time; If you only look at financial compensation, you might miss out on doing something you truly love: Fortune
  • Why What You Learned in Preschool Is Crucial at Work: NYT
  • Office Shows the Person: The assumption of authority brings out the leader’s inner world. It reveals whether the leader has undergone a process of honest self-discovery that allows for the productive application of power. Forbes
  • Girl, 3, takes care of bedridden mother in hospital: AsiaOne
  • Worry less, live more: Star
  • Why What You Learned in Preschool Is Crucial at Work: NYT


  • Word Hero: A Fiendishly Clever Guide to Crafting the Lines that Get Laughs, Go Viral, and Live Forever : Amazon
  • Confessions of the Pricing Man: How Price Affects Everything : Amazon
  • Power Pricing: How Managing Price Transforms the Bottom Line : amazon
  • Manage for Profit, Not for Market Share: A Guide to Greater Profits in Highly Contested Markets: Amazon
  • Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety: Amazon


Japan & Korea

  • Localization: Has Japan lost the plot? Japan once ruled and defined the global gaming industry: JT


  • Risk factors that could trigger a transfer-pricing audit; Thailand will no longer have mere transfer-pricing guidelines, but will instead put into effect a transfer-pricing law : NM
  • Mini-marts boom as Vietnam’s shoppers shift spending patterns: Reuters


  • Be Very Afraid: “The 3 EM Debacles” Loom, HSBC Warns: zh
  • Unnerved Investors Pull Shutters as Capital-Market Cracks Spread: Bloomberg
  • Challenging Private Equity Fees Tucked in Footnotes; California’s treasurer wants the $3.9 trillion industry to be clearer about what it charges investors, and some expect other states to follow. NYT
  • Collateral damage: How bank funding may be squeezed in the next crisis: Economist



  • Is Uber The Root Of All Evil?: Techcrunch
  • For First Data, the way to investors’ hearts is through their stomachs; As part of its turnaround, First Data is banking on selling new credit card terminals packed with small-business apps-and restaurant owners are among its biggest markets: Fortune

Consumer & Others

  • How Levi’s plans to survive the denim apocalypse; Two decades ago, Levi’s was bigger than Nike, with revenue exceeding $7 billion. Sales have since sagged to $4.8 billion, while Nike is at closer to $30 billion: BI
  • Beer titans opt to merge as trend for smaller craft brews comes to a head: Guardian

About bambooinnovator
KB Kee is the Managing Editor of the Moat Report Asia (, a research service focused exclusively on highlighting undervalued wide-moat businesses in Asia; subscribers from North America, Europe, the Oceania and Asia include professional value investors with over $20 billion in asset under management in equities, some of the world’s biggest secretive global hedge fund giants, and savvy private individual investors who are lifelong learners in the art of value investing. KB has been rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as an analyst in Asian capital markets. He was head of research and fund manager at a Singapore-based value investment firm. As a member of the investment committee, he helped the firm’s Asia-focused equity funds significantly outperform the benchmark index. He was previously the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. KB has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy, value investing, macroeconomic and industry trends, and detecting accounting frauds in Singapore, HK and China. KB was a faculty (accounting) at SMU teaching accounting courses. KB is currently the Chief Investment Officer at an ASX-listed investment holdings company since September 2015, helping to manage the listed Asian equities investments in the Hidden Champions Fund. Disclaimer: This article is for discussion purposes only and does not constitute an offer, recommendation or solicitation to buy or sell any investments, securities, futures or options. All articles in the website reflect the personal opinions of the writer.

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